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What does Lu mean?

Lu Pronunciation of Lu [lu] as a girls' name has its roots in Old German and Latin, and the meaning of Lu is "famous warrior; light; famous warrior; other, foreign". Lu is an alternate form of Lou: short transcription of Louann. Lu is also a variant of Louise (Old German). Lu is also used as a form of Lucy (Latin) and Luella (Old English, Old German).

Associated with: warrior, light.


13 relations via Lou, Louise, Lucy, Luella: Lois, Lola, Luce, Luci, Lucia, Lucie, Lucza, Luisa, Luise, Lujza, Lula, Lulu and Luz.

Creative forms:
(female) Lie, Lle, ..

(male) Lle, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lu Freyja (L.F.), ..

How popular is Lu?

Lu is a very prominent first name for females (#1758 out of 4276, Top 41%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1424 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lu reached its highest rank of #661 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lu name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lu outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Lu are Lucy (#55 the previous year), Lola (#224), Lucia (#225), Luz (#959), Louise (#1083), Luisa (#1130), Luella (#1337), Lucie (#1447), Lois (#1882), Lula (#1994), Lulu, Lou and Luci. Usage of these forms of Lu was at its highest during 1910-1919 (usage of 2%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.6%, down 71%), with forms such as Louise becoming somewhat dated. Lucy has been the most well-known version, although Lucia seems to be becoming a favorite too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lu, Lois, Lola, Lou, Louise in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Luci, Lucia, Lucie, Lucy, Luella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Luisa, Lula, Lulu, Luz in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lois, Lola, Louise, Lucia, Lucie, Lucy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lu is pronounced similarly to La-, Lea, Leah, Lee, Leia, Leya, Lia and Liya. Another recommended name is Su. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lu.

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